Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Art and Design

AS / A Level Art and Design

Course Content

A-Level Art and Design is an exciting and diverse course which builds upon and broadens your knowledge of Art from GCSE level. You will have access to a wide range of materials and facilities to help you experiment with new art forms.

Studying an Art and Design based subject enables creative thinking and crucial solution solving skills which are transferable to a number of jobs and industries. Alongside Art and Design, students commonly study a combination of creative and design subjects such as photography, graphic design, textiles and product design.


Initially you will be introduced to new techniques and methods as well as building and refining existing skills. You will explore work in abstract and contemporary forms as well as more traditional sources. With an emphasis on experimentation, you will incorporate elements of fine art, textiles, photography, graphic design, 3D modelling and print making.

Later in the course you will be able to develop your skills further in a self-directed project, designing your own project. You will be assessed on your personal investigation as well as completing an exam unit set by the exam board. The course is 100% practical with no written exam although you will be expected to research and analyse the work of others to aid your development.


Students who study A-Level Art and Design have gone onto study and work in a variety of Fields including:

  • Architecture and industry design
  • Interior design
  • Art therapy and art education
  • Graphic design and marketing
  • Media related journalism
  • Commercial art and illustration
  • Sculptural and 3D design

BTEC Level 2 Art and Design

If you have not quite achieved what you would have liked to at GCSE, don’t worry we can help! We provide a range of options that you can study over a one-year period, which on successful completion will allow you to bridge that gap and move to Level 3 programmes of study.

Course Content

The creative industries are growing faster than any other area of the UK economy - great news for talented students with a passion for art and design. If you enjoy art and design and would like to develop your practical and creative skills then this course is ideal for you. It’s also a good starting point for people wishing to study art and design to a higher level. The course is mainly taught through practical methods in well-equipped studios. The course also includes visits to museums and galleries where you will learn to look at and record the work of other artists and designers.